GAME 11: Oran 59, Chaffee 29

So much for a letdown.

A day after nearly knocking off No. 6 Leopold in the opening round of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, the No. 11 seed Oran Eagles dominated Chaffee 59-29.

"They responded well," Oran coach Joe Shoemaker said about Friday's 3-point loss. "We talked about not coming out flat, and I think they did good coming out and playing well."

Jon Morrow led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points. The 6-foot-4 sophomore is playing in the Christmas tournament for the first time, something he seemed more excited about than intimidated by.

"We had all five players playing at one time instead of four and then just one being lazy," said Morrow, who admitted he was just passing along what Shoemaker tells the team in practice. "We all worked together."

When Shoemaker spoke for himself, he said he saw an improvement in his team's play on Saturday.

"We played more consistent today. We played well in spurts yesterday and we were more consistent with it today."

Kurt Rendleman added 11 points for Oran, and Nathan Michelsen had 8.

The Red Devils, who were eliminated from the tournament, were led Taimen Taylor with 10 points.

Oran will face Bell City at 1:30 p.m. on Monday in a consolation bracket semifinal match up.


ORAN (59) -- Kurt Rendleman 11, Preston Scherer 7, Jake Carter 6, Gabe Kielhofner 3, Dilon Glastetter 2, Nathan Michelsen 8, Zac Chasteen 2, Jon Morrow 20. FG 24, FT 5-10, F 14. (3-pointers: Rendleman 1, Scherer 1, Carter 2, Michaelson 2. Fouled out: none.)

CHAFFEE (29) -- Trenton Horman 5, J.R. Keller 1, Michael Rutherford 5, Taimen Taylor 10, Nathan Cicardi 2, Collin Dannenmueller 6. FG 11, FT 6-10, F 13. (3-pointers: Rutherford 1. Fouled out: none.)

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